Monday, March 05, 2007

Fun Monday: Worst opening sentence

It's time for my first ever Fun Monday post, something I plan on participating in once in a while because, well, it's fun. This week's topic (posted here by Mindy from Mama Drama) was:

To compose an exceptionally bad opening sentence for any piece of writing (not limited to novels...but not including blog posts) and to include a photograph or brief description of some aspect of that sentence.

How hard can that be, right?

So here goes:

Stephanie Saunders walked out of her front door to begin a long, exciting day that ended suddenly as she was run over by a bus, killing her instantly.

Right about now you're going "HOW DARE YOU MENTION THE MAIN CHARACTER'S FATE IN THE FIRST SENTENCE? DOESN'T THAT KILL THE POINT OF READING THE BOOK? AND WHY AM I SCREAMING?"

It's then that I show you this:


A red herring

Because Stephanie Saunders has absolutely nothing to do with the story.

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18 comments:

Beccy said...

Actually my first thought was 'Dam someone else has the same idea as me' thankfully not, great opening sentence.

Jenny said...

Ha! That was fabulous. And terrible.

Margaret said...

Ooooh... that was good. Please - tell us more!

enid said...

bad in a different way. enid liked that one!

Amy W said...

Love books that start like that...

ChrisB said...

'terribly' good for an opening sentence loved the red herring.

Pamela said...

but of course!!!
or.. you could have her tell the story during the rest of the book that led up to her untimely demise.

Awful!!!!! Love it.

nikki said...

ha! that was perfectly terrible. good job!

Lisa said...

Nope, too 'good' to be bad!

Purpleworms said...

This is fantastic! A novel/sentence complete in and of itself! Brilliant!! What a time saver!

Stephanie said...

Who knew someone from Jefferson County could be so clever?!! Wow.

Yeah, I get to say that since I went to high school there and am related to half the county. Be not offended.

I kill myself.

Bethany said...

Can't be too bad because I really want to hear more!

min said...

But...but...but...now we want to read it! That's a great hook! You opened with a McGuffin...positively brilliant.

Liza said...

I live for red herrings. Too bad, but as they say, "Leave them wanting more."

Karmyn said...

Very terrible - but my question is:

OR DOES SHE?

heh heh heh

K T Cat said...

I loved it!

Jenn said...

ah ha! the Infamous Red Herring! well - um, badly - done! :)

Christine said...

Hee! Your Fun Monday was unexpectedly awesome.